Hello everyone! I had to give two pics of this bird, neither is very good, but together they give a better idea of what the bird looks like. This is the ‘black-backed three-toed woodpecker’. A long name for a bird the same size as the hairy woodpecker. The males have a yellow spot on the head, just visible in the top picture. They are birds of the northern forest and generally avoid human contact, so it’s very difficult to get close enough for good pics of them. They are always a treat to see though. Like all woodpeckers, their beak is made of a special elastic like material, they have a spongy type bone behind the beak and a special hyoid (muscles and tendons that support the tongue and throat, and reinforce the head), and a special skull bone which contains spinal fluid. All these help to cushion impact when these birds pound against the trees. All for today’s bird, have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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